HTC is known for the Sense user interface on their Windows Mobile and, more recently, Android smartphones, and a recent trademark filing may have revealed that they're planning to use a similar skin on their upcoming tablets. According to a European filing, the company is trying to trademark "HTC Sensation," which on its own is a pretty good indicator that it's something Sense-related. Upon further inspection, though, the description in the filing gives us even more evidence that Sensation could be the name of a tablet UI: "user interface software; computer hardware and software for user interfacing, telecommunications and telecommunications services." The full description is as follows:
"Mobile phones, smartphones, wireless phones, wireless devices, portable computers and personal digital assistants, computer hardware and software for mobile, portable and wireless devices; user interface software; computer hardware and software for user interfacing, telecommunications and telecommunications services; computer hardware and software for transmitting and receiving voice, image, data, audio, video and multimedia content; wireless modems; headsets, headsets with wireless transmission function, connection cables, cradles, mounts, face plates, batteries, power adaptors, chargers, cases, in-vehicle chargers, in-vehicle holders, remote controls, keyboards, microphones, loudspeakers, leather pouches for mobile phones."
While my love for vanilla Android has been well-documented, I do think that HTC's Sense UI is one of the better skins on the market today. It'll be interesting to see how HTC adapts Sense for their tablet(s), whenever the company gets around to releasing them. We've heard that a device called the Flyer could be arriving as soon as March, but there hasn't been any hard evidence to prove that just yet. The good news is that HTC will likely have some devices to show off at MWC, which just so happens to be right around the corner.